When we read and, in turn, think in a poetic vein, how do we begin framing our experiences differently? In “My Heart Laid Bare,” Charles Baudelaire urged other artists to “always be a poet, even in prose”.
Thinking about this poetic impulse at the heart of human expression, Drunken Boat will begin hosting a weekly series of guest blog posts aimed at exploring the intersection of art, media, and writing practice through the eyes of four contemporary cross-disciplinary writers.
Where are these points where practices overlap – where does writing admit in, assimilate, respond to, and/or reflect other forms of human (and perhaps non-human) expression? How, in a holistic sense, do these places of connection tell us more about our larger and often nebulous lives as self-reflexive beings?
Contributors to this discussion include Joseph Bradshaw, Brandon Brown, David James Miller, and Marissa Perel– poets who are also performance and visual artists, musicians, essayists, literary critics, teachers, publishers, and translators; in short, people who are deeply engaged in fostering diverse communities of thought.
-Jamie Townsend, DB Social Media Assistant Editor
Marissa Perel is a Brooklyn based artist and writer. Her working method is interdisciplinary and includes performance, installation, video, text, collaboration and curating. Her work has been widely shown in New York and abroad, and her criticism has been published on many on-line platforms. She originated the column, Gimme Shelter: Performance Now on the Art21 blog, and was an editor of Critical Correspondence, the on-line dance and performance journal of Movement Research. She has contributed to the Performance Club, Bomblog, Bad At Sports, and Tarpaulin Sky, among others. www.marissaperel.com
David James Miller
David James Miller is a poet, musician, and educator. He is the author of the chapbook Facts & Other Objects (JR Vansant), and his writing may also be found in Otoliths, elimae, Diagram, The Cultural Society, and elsewhere. He writes from New York City, where he lives with his wife and son.
Brandon Brown is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Flowering Mall. He writes about art and culture for Open Space, the magazine and blog of the SFMOMA and Bay Area journal Art Practical. He is an editor at Krupskaya, and occasionally publishes small press materials under the imprint OMG! In 2014, Big Lucks will publish a new book, Shadow Lanka.
Joseph Bradshaw is a poet, educator, and archivist. He is the author of several chapbooks, as well as the full-length In the Common Dream of George Oppen (Shearsman Books). He curates a readings series at Berl’s Poetry Shop in Brooklyn called Leslie Flint Presents, and is at work on a book about the afterlife of the New York School.
Jamie Townsend is a writer of various means living in NYC. He’s the managing editor of Aufgabe, a social media editor for Drunken Boat, and co-runs Elderly, an emergent hub of ebullience and disgust. He is author of several chapbooks, most recently PROPOSITIONS (Mondo Bummer 2014), as well as the forthcoming long-player SHADE (Elis Press, 2014).
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